The Islamic City of Marawi: The heart and soul of Lanao del Sur
Marawi, formerly known as Dansalan, is home to the colorful Muslim culture, beautifully-designed brasswork and its proud people–as evidenced by the hundreds of streamers along and across the highway to the city for sons and daughters who have passed licensure examinations–from maritime to medical board exams and for family members returning from a pilgrimage.
In 1980, it was officially renamed the Islamic City of Marawi since it is predominantly Muslim.
Maranao is the most widely spoken dialect and is understood by Muslims and Christians alike.
Named in honor of Sultan Aga Khan who contributed to the realization of the museum. Historical development of the country is bank on the large space upon the conservation of cultural materials. It has huge, collection of indigenous art, displayed ethnic music tape recorded, the native folk dances from different regions of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan, the native tools and weapons used by the Muslims and different artistic designs of houses are the main attractions of museum. Indigenous art and cultural material are being displayed.
The Maranao tribe got its name from Lake Lanao, which is Meranau in the Maranao language.
Named after the former king of Saudi Arabia, who financed its construction, this mosque in pale and dark shades of green is located inside MSU. It is the biggest mosque in Marawi. Green is a traditional color of Islam; in the Quran, it is used to describe the state of those living in paradise.
Marawi City draws the most number of visitors within Lanao del Sur in which the MSU is located. Founded in 1961, it serves as an educational institute and a center of social and cultural integration.
An important landmark in Lanao del Sur, from which all distances in Mindanao are measured, similar to the Kilometer Zero marker at the Rizal Park in Manila.
Marawi Public Library